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The Great Debate: Being Human

Study of modern theories of human nature focusing on the work of Susan Blackmore,Rita Carter and Daniel Dennett.

Do our genes influence our conscious experiences? Do they explain them? Is the human mind something we can properly study? What can we learn about ourselves through the study of mind from the perspective of evolution?
Since the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species our vision of ourselves as a unique type of being has been progressively undermined. In the last two decades mechanistic theories of the human mind have come to the fore, claiming that the mind and brain are the same thing and that neurobiology and AI will be able to reveal the nature of the mind. How much can these theories tell us about the experience of being human? Why has it become popular to apply Neo-Darwinian principles to the philosophy of mind and consciousness?
This one day course will examine some modern ideas of what human nature is and will attempt to draw some conclusions about these questions. Come along, join the discussion, have your say.


Dr Caspar Hewett | talks | www
Mr David Large | talks | www


Date and Time:

12 March 2005 at 9:00 am


Full Day



Bedson Teaching Centre
Queen Victoria Road
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
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